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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, DoD.




In accordance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announces the proposed extension of a currently approved collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed extension of collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.


Consideration will be given to all comments received by February 25, 2011.


You may submit comments, identified by document number and title by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, Room 3C843, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1160.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

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To request more information on this proposed information collection, please write to the TRICARE Management Activity—Aurora, Performance Evaluation and Transition Management Branch, 16401 E. Centretech Parkway, Start Printed Page 81242 Attn; John J.M. Leininger, Aurora, CO 80011-9066 or call TRICARE Management Activity—Aurora, Performance Evaluation and Transition Management Branch, at (303) 676-3613.

Title, Associated Form and OMB Number: Health Insurance Claim Form, CMS-1500, OMB Control Number 0720-0001.

Needs and Uses: This information collection requirement is used by TRICARE to determine reimbursement for health care services or supplies rendered by individual professional providers to TRICARE beneficiaries. The requested information is used to determine beneficiary eligibility, appropriateness and costs of care, other health insurance liability and whether services received are benefits. Use of this form continues TRICARE's commitment to use the national standard claim form for reimbursement of services/supplies provided by individual professional providers.

Affected Public: Business or other for profit institutions, not-for-profit institutions, Federal government, state, local or tribal government.

Annual Burden Hours: 21,500,000.

Number of Respondents: 86,000,000.

Responses per Respondent: 1.

Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

Frequency: On occasion.

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Summary of Information Collection

This collection instrument is for use by health care providers under the TRICARE Program. TRICARE is a health benefits entitlement program for active duty, the dependents of active duty Uniformed Services members and deceased sponsors, retirees and their dependents, dependents of Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) sponsors, and certain North Atlantic Treaty Organizations, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Public Health Service eligible beneficiaries. The CMS-1500 Form is used by individual professional health care or health care related providers to file for reimbursement of civilian health care services or supplies provided to TRICARE beneficiaries. This is the national standard claim form accepted by all major commercial and government payers.

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Dated: December 20, 2010.

Morgan F. Park,

Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32393 Filed 12-23-10; 8:45 am]